Top 5 Business Lessons From Strictly Come Dancing

No doubt you’ve all seen the teaser ads for the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing. Whether you love or loathe the sequins, the tight trousers and disco lights, there are great business lessons to be gleaned from a twirl on the dance floor!

Here are the top 5 business steps to learn:

1. Be Open to Learning

To be successful in business it is vital to keep learning. When you learn and take action on what you’ve learnt, you will grow. Watch as the Strictly contestants develop over the coming weeks and you will see the ones who really listen to the professional instructors. Because they listen and learn to the dance instructor or mentor, they will become better performers, like you do in business when you work with a mentor.

2. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Even though all the Strictly contestants are celebrities, learning to dance and to perform in front of an audience of millions will take many of them far beyond their comfort zone. In business when you stay safe what happens? Nothing. Business throws up a whole host of new learning experiences. Like the contestants who will have to learn new steps and styles, you will have high and low times.

Challenge yourself to break out of your safety zone and make your business become one of the best experiences of your life.

3. Flaunt It

Play to your strengths and play high. Go an extra mile to showcase your talents and skills. Each one of the Strictly contestants wants to dance the best performance of their lives every time they step onto the big stage. So too in business you must know how to sell the performance to achieve success.

4. See Yourself Holding the Prize

Have self belief that you will achieve the goals you have set yourself. From the start of the contest you will quickly see two or three stars who dance like winners. Displayed in each step they take, every turn made, and by the expression on their face, they will stand out because they believe they can win the prize. Do you see yourself holding the prize for your business?

5. Face Your Fear

Celebrities don’t get stage fright do they? They most certainly do. Because they aim to achieve the best performance each time, whilst remembering to make all right moves, they are probably terrified before they arrive on the stage. But what do they do? They step up, face the fear and dance to their heart’s content!

Channel your fears into something exciting to dance your business toward success.

Have fun and enjoy the show. Turn on the lights, turn up the music, get into the groove and keep your focus on your business prize.

10 Essential Tips for Business Success

For a quick dose of inspiration and focus, read these 10 Business Success Tips to get you back on track and in the groove. I just sent these off to my Profitable Essence Mastermind group who are embarking on a 12 month revenue building adventure with me as their mentor. All of my Mastermind clients are experts in their fields, highly creative, and ready to make this an incredible year. Please share this post- your network will thank you for the reminders of what’s behind a successful business.

10 Essential Tips for Business Success

1. Stay Focused on Revenue Building Activities

I have nothing against chasing after bright shiny objects… just as long as they can monetize, open up new opportunities, and enhance your credibility. Whatever you’re doing, you must understand how it’s related to the bottom line. Whether it’s buying an information product, signing up with a mentor, or attending a live event, make sure you understand where the opportunities are.

2. Pick an area you’ll become expert in this year and use that to build revenue in your business.

Aside from your bread and butter expertise, it’s important to sharpen your revenue building skills in areas that can benefit you, your business, and your clients. Learn how to write killer web copy, get comfortable with selling, master follow up, become a networking wiz… find something to develop to a mastery level and, of course, keep it connected to revenue building.

3. Understand the ebb and flow of your energy, creativity, and connection to your talents.

Some months you’re hot, other months you’re not. That’s OK. You won’t stay stuck forever if you find yourself there. I’m on fire with creativity in Spring and Summer, then I hibernate in the winter. I know that about myself and can plan my business accordingly. Understand your seasonal high points and tap into your peak times for big launches.

4. Celebrate others’ successes.

Ever get an email from someone announcing their big success and you just seethe with envy? Well quit it. It’s not serving you in any way. There’s a win for you in other people’s successes if you look closely enough!

5. Celebrate your own successes!

I hear from a lot of people that they’re uncomfortable celebrating their own successes because they were taught not to brag. Here’s a great workaround: celebrate your success by sharing client success stories. Make sure you include how your mentoring, coaching, consulting, etc helped in this client’s success.

6. Take leadership!

As the owner of your business, you are the leader. Even if you’re working with a mentor or just starting out, you’re the leader and don’t need anyone’s permission to take action. Get feedback from colleagues or friends, but ultimately the decisions are yours.

7. Stretch yourself- try new things.

As soon as you feel you’ve achieved mastery in something, it’s time to stretch and learn something new. It keeps your brain sharp and your creativity on fire.

8. Maintain a positive attitude.

I don’t need to elaborate on this one, but what helps me the most is to focus on gratitude.

9. Ask for help when you need it.

When someone called me “Little Miss I Can Do It All”, I knew it was time to examine my ability to ask for help. During a personal crisis, asking for help was the only option I had. By reaching out, my clients got rock star treatment from some of the top names in our industry as they came to bat for me and filled in. Guest blog posts poured in and I was able to focus on the challenges at home.

10. Tend to your personal needs: physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological.

You’re better equipped to focus on revenue building activities when your human needs are taken care of. As a leader and a decision maker, you can’t afford to neglect your emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological needs.

Let these tips serve as a beacon for your business success. You’ll make more money, have staying power, and make the impact on the world you’re destined to make.

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Groove Network. Are you in it?

If you are in a business that passes documents around to be reviewed and edited over and over before they are ready to be posted for advertising or for a client, then you have probably already heard of a software solution to help keep your “floating” documents organized from Groove Network. You may not be aware that there is another option out there. In this article you will be presented with some basic information about the differences in collaboration software from Groove Network and NextPage.

Idea behind collaboration software.

The central idea behind having collaboration software is that it allows business professionals to work directly with other business professionals by allowing them to work together to create business documents, presentations, and budgets. Most collaboration software is centralized. This allows business professionals to work on the same documents at the same time from different locations. Some centralized collaboration software solutions include Groove Network, Microsoft SharePoint, Documentum, and Filenet.

Groove Network Advantages.

There are a few advantages to using centralized collaboration software such as Groove Network. The main advantage being that they work very well for team collaboration. Groove Network’s software keeps all files, projects, and data in one centralized location that everyone who is working on the project can access. This allows them to review and update the same document that everyone else has used, which essentially keeps everyone working on the same page.

Drawbacks to Groove Network.

While the collaboration software solution provided by Groove Network is very useful and beneficial, there are a few drawbacks to using it. The main disadvantage being that Groove Network’s software requires the use of an IT infrastructure. Another potential drawback is that it requires an extensive amount of installation time. Other collaboration software options out there also require everyone you work with to have the same software in order to share information. All of these drawbacks to centralized collaboration software can be very expensive and inconvenient.

Are there any other options?

An alternative solution to the centralized collaboration software is NextPage. NextPage 1.5 Collaboration Software tracks documents with Digital Thread technology. Say, for instance, that you are working on your company’s budget. You want to make sure that your facts and figures are correct so you send your spreadsheet to several of your co-workers for review. They look over the spreadsheet and make the necessary changes. They then return their spreadsheet version to you, and with NextPage 1.5, you simply merge the document versions together into one. NextPage 1.5 lets you see all of this visually via a graphical version history. With the graphical version history, you would always know where the various versions of your spreadsheet are stored, what changes have been made, who has reviewed your spreadsheet, when the revisions were made, and how the revisions fit together. NextPage makes it easy to see where the document has been and what revisions have been made.

So what are the major advantages of using NextPage?

The major advantages to using NextPage’s collaboration software include the following:

o Do NOT need a centralized server

o Do NOT need an IT infrastructure

o Installation can be done in a matter of minutes

o Will work with associates who are NOT NextPage subscribers

o Solves document management problems where they originate

In conclusion, if you are in a business that could greatly benefit from using collaboration software, look at and evaluate the possible software options out there and see which one will be of the most benefit to you in your company. I have presented a few ideas for you to think about and get you started in your decision. So get out there and organize your document management!